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I was in the Motor City yesterday, April 29, which marked the first time in four months I had returned to, as Blitz calls it, "THE PROMISED LAND". I went to the Red Wings playoff game vs. the Oilers, ate at a couple of restaurants, took pictures, spent some money at the Greektown Casino, what more could I ask for in a day here? I took a train down, then the tunnel bus, as I always do.

We start off in Windsor, Ontario...

The children's aid building looks good after some nutjob drove through it.


An interesting shot of Detroit and Windsor skyline...



You're at the heart of it all, Windsor City Centre!


Casino Windsor, I would go there later that night...


Heavy construction for the new hotel/PAC addition to the Windsor Casino!


Windsor density...


Detroit skyline...



Hello, Joe Louis...


Canada...


A few shots of Detroit from the Tunnel Bus...



Welcome to Michigan, I'm always welcome in Michigan! :)


I wanted to try this place for a while, so I took a cab to Nemo's, a famous Detroit landmark bar and grill... their burgers are BOSS! It's located near Corktown on Michigan Ave.


The interior of Nemo's...



Michigan Avenue shots... looking towards Dearborn




I also came here to get a few shots of beloved Tiger Stadium...




Looking towards downtown on Michigan Ave...



Michigan Central Station, zoomed in...


Took the Nemo's shuttle to the Joe...



The PM...


Da SQUID!


Into the Joe we go...



Look at those Stanley Cups!




I've got my GAME FACE on...


The Wings practising...

Stretching...


Opening festivities...nice lights show




oh no, power failure...





We're ready to go...


Opening faceoff...




Roloson is hot, Red Wings did everything but score!



Here come the towels!






Finally, Wings score on a breakaway by Brendan Shanahan to make 3-1.



Joe Crowd...






Wings score with 21.5 seconds left to make it 3-2...


but it was not enough... Wings lose and are now down 3-2 in the series, but not out. Edmonton is a very defensive minded team, they have younger and faster players.


Somber Red Wings fans leaving the Joe, although still in good spirits.


After that, time for a city tour, I wish the sun was out though...

Looking east of Jefferson towards the Financial District and RenCen...



Penobscot



COBO!


Looking north on Washington Blvd...



The Guardian...



Nice little garden with Tulips...





Comerica...


RenCen... with the Spirit of Detroit...








Campus Martius...



Ernst and Young aka the Kennedy Block


A little paradise in Downtown Detroit...


Cadillac Tower


Book-Caddy...



Nice corporate logos on the buildings!


Darn parking garages...


Buhl


Is it just me, or is downtown Detroit (Woodward Ave.) getting cleaner?







Broderick Tower



Football mural on an old building...



Ah, the New YMCA on Broadway, a welcome addition to downtown Detroit



There's the Detroit Beer Co. ate there and had a couple of brewskys...



Inside... this is a real microbrewery, btw...




CHEERS, the food was awesome as was the beer...


This is a new addition to downtown Detroit... I really like these maps including the People Mover on it, found outside every People Mover station...


Off to Greektown I go...


After spending about $40, I took a PM ride... for me, no trip is ever complete without this... waiting patiently...


I love it when I am the only one riding a car! Other people were in the other car, btw.


Evening shots of the RenCen...




Back to the tunnel, waiting for the tunnel bus...




Windsor @ night...



Hope you all enjoyed my tour, another great time! Detroit to me is not just a city, it's a RELIGION!
 

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Great tour of Detroit, those tourist signs are a great addition.
I know it sounds dumb, but what ID did you have to show at the border?
 

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Great tour of Detroit, those tourist signs are a great addition.
I know it sounds dumb, but what ID did you have to show at the border?
My driver's licence and my birth certificate. But come 2008, you'll need a passport.
 

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^That is BULL. Excellent tour Jay, good job getting the Tiger Stadium shots since nobody is sure how much time it has left.
 

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Yup, that's one reason I wanted to get the pictures of Tiger Stadium. I might try to get more, dependent on if and when it comes down. Speaking of games, the Tigers MERCIED the Twins that game as everyone heard in the arena. The score was 18-1 Tigers won! I wonder how that game would have been, lol! When I was in Nemo's, I watched the Tigers got two home runs, one in the first inning and one in the second.

This also completes my quest of NHL games and adventures in five different cities, including Detroit, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Rochester, NY.
 

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Great tour! Too bad the wings lost.:(

I have never yet had to show my birth certificate to get into Canada or back into the U.S.
 

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The PASSPORT thing is stupid. Canadians and Americans play a huge role in border cities and their economies, they say they want to support tourism, business, in those cities and the rest of the country as well, what possible advantage can they gain by having people waste $80 for identification they already have? This is gonna hurt big time, however, I intend to get a passport. I just wish it were a lot easier and less costly to get one. I don't want to have to always go to boring Toronto or the same Canadian cities for things I can do in Detroit or Buffalo.

In an unrelated story, I talked to a few people while I was there, and they are impressed at how I take pictures of the city all the time. I also met a couple from Windsor at the Detroit tunnel bus stop, I told them what I was doing there and such, and they were surprised to hear I was from Stratford, and they were more impressed to hear how many times I had been to Detroit for a guy who lives 70 km closer to Toronto, and in an area where TO is considered the major big city. Not for me, it isn't. :) I even caught a movie at the Palace Theatre in downtown Windsor, so it was an even better time. I don't think anybody in my county or region goes more times to Detroit as often as I do. :)
 

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BravvvvfuckinO man! This is the sweetest jacked up Detroit thread ever!

Jaybird you had to be juiced up somehow, takeing all these pics like dat.

Motor City mad house, Motor City mad house, Motor City mad house!
Lyrics by the Nudge :rock:
 

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nice pictures. i like the pictures of tiger stadium; i'm sure you'll be glad you took those pictures if/when it gets torn down.

windsor casino looks nice, i've heard about it and seen pictures of it in skyline shots, but it's nice to see what the actual place looks like.

5 nhl cities this year is pretty good. do you plan on expanding that list next year? you know about how i went to buffalo for a flyers game, and i'm looking to expand my list as well. road trips for the flyers to see them play the capitals, rangers, devils, islanders, and sabres are in my plans right now. my sister went to a flyers game in boston this past year, so i need to add that to my list so she doesn't have any bragging rights in that respect. in all, i think seeing the flyers in 5 cities (6 including philly) isn't bad at all for me.
 

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Canadian visitors are the best!

I'm glad you had a good time, bird. I was out of town that day, and it sure did seem kinda sleepy downtown. Oh well, like you said, riding the People Mover alone has its advantages! :)
 

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Jaybird said:
I don't think anybody in my county or region goes more times to Detroit as often as I do.
Hell, you've been there much more than I have in the past few years. This passport thing is going to kill Windsor, we just have to keep fighting against it. Hopefully everything will work out and they'll back off a bit.
 

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xzmattzx, the Casino is very nice. I actually won $20 at the Windsor Casino that night playing the one-arm bandits. I do intend to extend that list of cities seeing the NHL in, I'm not sure what cities, though. Philly, I'll tell you, is one DEFINITE possibility. Ottawa is affordable as well. Not sure how affordable Boston is, though. New York will be UP there in price for sure. I'm gonna try and make it a tradition every year for me to see the NHL in at least one different city each year (along with usual Buffalo/Detroit).

I was out of town that day, and it sure did seem kinda sleepy downtown.
Actually, downtown had more people walking around than what I could recall for an early Saturday evening. Probably for the fact it was nice out and the Tigers and Red Wings both played that day.
 

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New York will be UP there in price for sure.

The great thing about New York is that you can stay in a cheap hotel in Jersey and still have easy access to everything in the region.
 

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The Broderick used to have a spire on top right.
When and why did they take it down? I imagine it would look way better with one.
 

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Well, tragically, the Red Wings lost a hard-fought game in which they were up 2-0 and 3-2, they couldn't put the Oilers away. It's sad to see that happen, but Edmonton does have a fast team, I'll admit that. This might be Steve Yzerman's last year, too! Till next year Red Wings, happy golfing and have a good summer!

BUFFALO, it all depends on you now!
 
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